Girl With Tongue Stuck To Freezing Pole Left At Bus Stop

An Oklahoma fifth-grader is recovering after her tongue was stuck to a pole.

Maranda Byrd was at the bus stop with her older brothers in the town of Spiro Friday, waiting for the bus stop when they dared her to put her tongue on a freezing pole.

"The bus was coming down the road and I dared her to do it, and she did it," said Dillon Humphrey, Maranda's brother. "And I didn't think it would happen that bad, but I guess it did."

"I did it last year and I didn't think it would be that hard to get off," said Maranda's other brother, "But it was."

Maranda was stuck to the pole when the bus arrived, and she said she thought the driver would get off and help her get free. But instead, Maranda said, her brothers got on and the bus drove off.

"I was really scared," Maranda said, "And I started chewing away at the ice and I just thought I was going to be late for school, so I just went to school, I didn't come home."

The school nurse treated Maranda and the girl went to the rest of her classes.

Maranda's mom found out later what happened, and she was furious.

"The nurse never called me. The school never called me. I didn't know anything until they got home from school."

The family met with school officials. School officials say they held a meeting with the drivers and were certain this wouldn't happen again. The bus driver, who is also a teacher, is continuing to drive a bus.

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